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ELMWOOD, NEBRASKA
“Growing Together”
March 19, 2008

 

New Fire Barn
Sunday, March 30
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Serving Pancakes, Sausage, Eggs, Juice & Coffee
Free Will Offering at Door.


If pancakes aren’t your thing…head on down to the St. Paul United Methodist Church in Elmwood. With a little assistance from the women the men will be cooking up a delicious spaghetti dinner complete with garlic bread, a variety of salads and desserts. If you plan ahead you could have breakfast in Murdock at the Fire Station and then cruise by the Methodist Church in Elmwood for lunch! If you call ahead carry out is available at the Church so you could even have it for dinner.


Elmwood Rescue
Weekly Winner: Mar, 15th #11. Travis Velder,
Lincoln Ne


Thank you for your "YES" Vote!

The Bond Election for Renovation and Expansion of the school passed! The construction crews have already begun surveying. Several workers were spotted walking around the school carrying their surveying tools. The next step will be to work with the architect and construction company to develop a time line for the construction and renovation.

The school sent home calendars last week with the kids that line out how the school years will run to take advantage of the summertime. The 2008-2009 school year will start earlier, have minimal breaks, and an early dismissal for summer. The 2009-2010 school year will start later, have more breaks, and a later dismissal in the spring. It will be an exciting time and the kids will love watching the construction.

Contact the Elmwood Murdock Elementary School office for more information. (402)994-2125


 



A yellow and silver boys 18” Next Bike was accidently parked next to the trash can and someone may have thought it was trash. But it wasn’t!! It turned up missing the night of March 11th between 9:30 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. If you have seen it or know of its whereabouts please return it or contact the owner. Hayden misses his bike! A boy and his bike should not be separated. Call Hayden’t mom, Susan Ernst, at 994-6365 – No questions asked!


When the fifth graders complete the D.A.R.E. program with Deputy Wes Tuttle they have earned a party at the Flying Wheels. The Conestoga & Weeping Water kids took their turn this week. Cass County Sheriff, William Brueggemann and Deputy Tuttle both came to skate with the kids. Lucky for them we had the jail for the Skate/Dance already built. The D.A.R.E. program is a Drugs Awareness Resistance Education tool used to educate kids about drugs and alcohol. They have been coming to the rink for years to celebrate their graduation and their pledges to be drug free. We had an air guitar contest and played several games. Sheriff Bill and Deputy Tuttle have a great time with the kids and the teachers! Every year there is a D.A.R.E. shirt that the kids all sign and we staple to the wall.




The Elmwood Murdock football team sponsored a fish fry Friday night and it was the best fish! The turnout was huge the line often reached around the gym and out the door. My parents even came up from Missouri for it! You’ll see them here pictured with Vince. (Yes, Aunt Edie, they are headed to your house in California for Easter! Get the spare room ready!) A big thanks to all the volunteers who made the fish fry so successful!



The St. Patrick’s Day Skate/Dance was one of the best we’ve ever had! At least a hundred people showed up to celebrate the green. We’ve added a couple new games to the lineup and the kids really seem to like them. “Downtown” and the “Noodle Race” are the new games. We also had the jailhouse set up. The kids could buy an arrest warrant and then the “deputies” would arrest the felon and put them in jail. They had to stay there until the end of the song or they could bail themselves out for a quarter. This is always a popular game. Vince and I even ended up in jail. I’m not sure who paid for that either but it was probably one our fans. We had an air guitar contest and the kids learned that “Air Guitar” doesn’t mean an inflatable guitar. Air Guitar means Air. We also had three birthdays to celebrate Saturday one of them was my daughter, Millie’s, also known as Muffy. Dillon Synovec was my biggest fan Saturday night. I sang Barry Manilow’s Mandy to the kids when they wouldn’t leave at closing time and he seemed to like it. He held up a lighter (that we found in the boys bathroom!) and swayed back and forth. He was calling friends to tell them how good I was…or he was calling his mom to see if she was coming soon to rescue him. J

HEY, we will be open at the Flying Wheels on Friday from 1:00-5:00 since there is no school and I have the day off. $3 admission and no skate rental fee!!

We will also be open on Easter 1-5 if you have had enough ham and want to come down for some fun!


 

Saturday, March 22nd, at 1:00 pm, the FBLA sponsors an Easter Egg Hunt at the Elmwood Murdock Elementary school for toddlers through the 4th grade. Bring your kids and their baskets and join in the rush for the eggs!



I’m sending a belated birthday wish to one of my favorite aunts, Aunt Edie. Sorry I missed your birthday last week! I know you are reading this so I wanted to let you know I was thinking of you and wish you a late Happy Birthday. Hope it is springtime in California! Love you!

Have you met Clayton Sims yet? He’s the son of Mike and Teresa Sims, and brother to Cameron and Shelby. Clayton is about 4 months old and they don’t come any cuter than this! If he’s anything like his siblings he’ll make a fine skater!

 

Learning from Life…

As I sit here watching Millie at tumbling class I visit with other parents there. It brings back memories from a few years ago when I did the same thing. At that time I met a remarkable woman. When she walked into the building everyone knew her and she greeted them all by name. Angie Fries was just the type of person that drew people to her. I chitchatted with Angie mostly about the kids and daily life. She was always interested in what was going on in my life when she had so much to think about in hers. Angie battled cancer for years and last week it finally won. Angie was only 42 and leaves behind a husband and three kids plus many friends and family.

This week at tumbling the topic was Angie. Though most of us there didn’t know each other we all knew Angie. We were able to share stories about her and her love for her family and friends. Angie Fries, loving wife, mother and friend will never be forgotten and will always be an inspiration to us. She is a reminder to us to be a special person to others. To listen more, criticize less. Smile more, cry less. To laugh always, love fiercely, and let little worries go. Rejoice in your children, call your parents, and hug your husband. Not because you are afraid that what happened to Angie will happen to you but because you have the same passion for life that Angie did. Not because you are afraid of death but because you love life. Because you want to inspire others, and live…like Angie did…with love.

 

Julie Anderson
Editor@ElmwoodNebraska.com

 

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